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IN the past few months, there has been a lot of publicity about several major airlines pulling out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Japan's second-largest carrier, All Nippon Airways, suspended flights last month, as did Aeroflot and British Airways. Australia's main airline, Quantas, terminated services to Kuala Lumpur last April, while Lufthansa German Airlines pulled out in September 1999.
But what appears to be a dismal picture is, upon closer inspection, much better than expected. In the midst of all the negative news, there are many travel industry players who are decidedly upbeat about KLIA.
"We are still maintaining an obvious presence at KLIA, and are quite pleased with the business being generated out of Kuala Lumpur through our present coach-sharing arrangement. Prospects for growth through this sector are definitely good," says Henry Goh, sales manager for Ansett, …